The 10 Best Couples in Comic Book History

Storm and Black Panther's marriage may have been short but they still remain a fan-favorite couple.  (Artwork by Leinill Yu; Property of Marvel Comics)

Storm and Black Panther’s marriage may have been short but they still remain a fan-favorite couple. (Artwork by Leinill Yu; Property of Marvel Comics)

By: Jacob Elyachar

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to revisit 10 of the best couples in Comic Book history.

10. Storm & Black Panther (Marvel)

One of the most powerful love stories in the Marvel Comics lore was the relationship of the X-Man Storm and Black Panther.   Their love affair played out for years before the King of Wakanda married the veteran X-Men leader in 2006.   The relationship had its ups and downs but more recently and due to fellow X-Man Namor’s actions in Avengers vs. X-Men, Black Panther annulled their marriage.   Despite the end of their marriage, the New Avenger still loves his ex and warned her not to date fellow X-Man Wolverine in the pages of Wolverine and the X-Men.

9. Luke Cage & Jessica Jones (Marvel)

Under Brian Michael Bendis’ pen, the couple became a fan-favorite couple and two power players in the Marvel Universe.   Like Storm and Black Panther, the duo faced some trials and tribulations from the Skrulls and Norman Osborn but managed to salvage their marriage.  Currently, Jessica and Luke are enjoying not being on Avengers’ duty and are raising their daughter: Danielle.

8. Aquaman & Mera (DC)

For six decades, the love story of Aquaman and Mera has captivated fans.  This duo has faced obstacles in their relationship including the death of their son but have always persevered and triumphed through their personal strife.  Under Geoff Johns, the couple has been front and center in several big stories of the 2010s including Brightest Day and The New 52. 

 

Nightwing and Batgirl's relationship remains one of DC Comics' fan favorite relationships.  (Artwork by Greg Land & Brian Stelfreeze; Property of DC Comics)

Nightwing and Batgirl’s relationship remains one of DC Comics’ fan favorite relationships. (Artwork by Greg Land & Brian Stelfreeze; Property of DC Comics)

7. Nightwing & Batgirl (DC)

Since her debut in the 1960s, Barbara Gordon has always captivated Dick Grayson and the duo have had an on-off again romance that has fascinated Batman fans for decades.    Before the events of Infinite Crisis, Nightwing proposed to Barbara but the latter broke off the engagement because the former Oracle stated that they were not ready for marriage.  Currently, they are nursing their wounds from the events of Death of the Family.

6. Cyclops & Jean Grey (Marvel)

Cyclops fell in love with Jean Grey when she first joined the X-Men back in the 1960s.   Despite their respective deaths and resurrections, Cyclops and Jean’s romance was the backbone of Marvel’s Merry Mutants for years until Jean died at the hands of Xorn at the end of Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men.   While the present day Cyclops is on the run with his team due to his actions in Avengers vs. X-Men, the time-displaced Cyclops and Jean Grey might have a challenging time starting a relationship in All-New X-Men.

5. Elongated Man & Sue Dibny (DC)

One of the greatest comic book couples of the Silver and Modern Age was Elongated Man and Sue Dibny.   The super couple was a mainstay in the Justice League books and was beloved by DC Comics fans around the world.   Unfortunately, Elongated Man’s world was shattered when Sue was murdered in the mind-blowing mini-series: Identity Crisis.   Eventually, the superhero joined his wife in death after 52. Fans are demanding the return of the couple to rejoin the DCU in the New 52.

4. Mr. Fantastic & the Invisible Woman (Marvel)

They have been the heart and soul of the Fantastic Four for six decades.   From raising their two children: Franklin and Valeria Richards to being Earth’s ambassadors to other galaxies, the Richards have been positive role models to many couples in the Marvel Universe.   Unfortunately, their relationship could be tested in Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley’s Fantastic Four.

 

Spider-Man and Mary Jane's marriage paid the ultimate price at the end of "One More Day." (Artwork by Joe Quesada & Property of Marvel Comics)

Spider-Man and Mary Jane’s marriage paid the ultimate price at the end of “One More Day.” (Artwork by Joe Quesada & Property of Marvel Comics)

3. Spider-Man & Mary Jane Watson (Marvel)

Peter Parker hit the jackpot when he first met Mary Jane Watson in the Amazing Spider-Man #42.   The bubbly redhead was one of Spider-Man’s prime love interests for years until Peter and Mary Jane officially tied the knot in the late 1980s.   Despite threats from Venom, Norman Osborn and Morlun, the couple stayed together until the aftermath of One More Day, where MJ sacrificed their marriage to save Aunt May.  Currently, Mary Jane and “Peter” are revisiting their love affair in the pages of Superior Spider-Man.

2. Superman & Lois Lane (DC)

For over 73 years, Superman and Lois Lane were one of DC Comics’ classic couples.  After decades long chase and many tragic events including Superman’s “death” at the hands of Doomsday, Clark Kent finally marries Lois in 1996’s Superman: The Wedding Album.   Unfortunately, the couple’s marriage was erased after the New 52 launch.   Currently, Superman is seeing Wonder Woman while Lois Lane is in a relationship with Jonathan Carroll.

 

Batman and Catwoman DC Comics

Batman and Catwoman’s romance heated up during the “Hush” storyline. (Artwork by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair; Property of DC Comics)

1. Batman & Catwoman (DC)

The Dark Knight has always had a soft spot for the feline anti-hero.   Despite being on opposite sides of the law, these two former archrivals have always been helped out each other get out of sticky situations.    In the fan-favorite storyline Hush, Catwoman finally learned Batman’s secret identity and began an on-again/off-again relationship with the Caped Crusader.

Comments

  1. Black Panther and Storm?! If you don’t mind me saying, give me a break! That was one of the WORST superhero couples ever!

  2. I have to agree with Gabby. BP was the worst thing they could’ve done to Storm. It was horribly written and contrived. Worst couple in comic history. Thank god they got rid of that nonsense.

  3. What about Gambit and Rogue? They’re one of the most iconic couples ever and you leave them out? Shame.

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